Welcome to VTC Independent School

Attitude is Everything

VTC Independent School aims to ensure that all pupils have access to an appropriate curriculum to ensure they achieve their potential and are not disadvantaged in comparison to their peers who access education in mainstream settings’

Vocational Training Centre (VTC) Independent School is for pupils with behavioural, social, emotional and mental health (SEMH) difficulties who have either been permanently excluded or at risk of being permanently excluded from school. Currently this school caters for, up to 24 students from the ages 14 to 18.

It is common for the students to have been out of education for long periods of time before placement at VTC, and this is either due to not being able to access or engage in their mainstream provision, or due to lack of any appropriate provision being available. As a result, they usually have complex co-morbid needs alongside low self-esteem and confidence due to continued failure to engage or progress their learning, this predominantly manifests itself in very challenging behaviour and even more barriers to overcome.

VTC therefore offer learning pathways that are multifaceted, personalised and motivating in order to engage in new learning opportunities including highly specialised vocational offers (engineering), work experience, community project work and outdoor wellbeing interventions supported by a core of academic studies in a nurturing environment.

Their previous poor attendance levels, allied to long periods out of school will be tackled with personalised programmes which will increase their attendance over time. The ethos of the school is to provide a positive learning environment that will ensure this is monitored and informed over time. The impact of this is that pupil attendance looks low but, they are gradually improving their attendance from baseline levels over time and engaging in an appropriate curriculum.

The biggest influence in changing these behaviours is impacted by the amount of time given to meeting the pupils social and emotional needs are met through high staffing levels and personalised interventions and strategies. Liaison with parents, carers, LA, and other agencies is hugely important in the success of the placement.

Most students come into the school within key stage 4 and the intention is for all pupils to leave the school with a positive destination pathway, so the school will ensure that either a purposeful further education training pathway is found or the guarantee of a place in an apprenticeship route organised by the school. On some occasions work placements can be found.

Additionally, the pupils will leave with a range of qualifications that match their requirements for their onward transition including core functional skills and vocational courses at level 1 +.

Our Facilities

Communal Areas

There is a fully fitted kitchen area for the students to have breakfast and lunch accompanied with a large dining area.


The centre consists of multiple classrooms that have the equipment to teach the students for English, Maths and IT. this includes laptops for each individual student, and smart boards allowing engaging interesting lessons. These are situated on the lower level and a larger teaching room upstairs.


At the rear of the unit, we have a large 3600sq foot mechanical training area equipped with ramps, tyre machines, compressors and various cars for our students to practice on. We also have a large mezzanine floor area with lockers and a safe changing area for our students.

Meet the Team

Paul Thompson

Proprietor and Head of Education


Head of English and PSHE


Head of Mechanics and Engineering

Neil Rees-Davis

Associate Head


Head of Science and Geography


IT Support/ TA support


Teaching Assistant


Head of welding/ Teacher/ Instructor


Head of Maths and Art




Maths and English

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All courses will include Maths and English; this part of the course will help you to improve Maths and English skills – your tutor will ensure the course uses everyday experience relevant to you to help you progress into employment.


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This qualification is for young people who may be interested in a career in the motor vehicle industry.


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Personal and social development for each student considering their individual needs. 

Science and Geography

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Learning life skills within the context of local, national and international issues such as global warming.